Saturday, January 22, 2011

Blogging: Share The Fun & The Love

I started writing this post last week, BEFORE  I found out I was considered a "Stylish Blogger," so it turns out this post was perfect. There are some rules to follow when excepting the award...Since I love awards, I'm more than happy to accept :) However, I understand that some of my favorite bloggers may not be so inclined, and that's okay. We still adore you!

Rule #1:
Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award.
So, Cakeology, Thank You. You made my week by selecting me! I know your cute blog and business is going to be a sweet success. I look forward to getting to you and sharing ideas!

Rule #2: Share 7 things about yourself.
1. I LOVE blogging and reading blogs, but I hate reading books.
2. I'm a certified sommelier and I have a massage technician license, I don't practice either.
3. I used to be a blackjack dealer.
4. I have two very bright and caring children.
5. I've had a difficult relationship with my parents.
6. I'm Mexican, Italian, and whatever stuff my Dad was. He doesn't know his heritage because he was adopted. Maybe Scottish.
7. I have a terrible memory, and it makes me lack confidence in my abilities.

Rule #3: Award 15 recently discovered bloggers.
This was what I had started on earlier this week just for the fun of it, ironic, isn't it? The rule states 'recently discovered', I'll admit, these may not be recent discoveries but you will love them just the same!

I'm so excited to have so many new friends reading my blog! I love "meeting" new bloggers and reading all the interesting things you share! I appreciate all of you so much! I also wanted to share some of my favorite bloggers with all of you!

First, I want to introduce you to Sue. She share's with us her Munchkin Munchies. She is possibly the sweetest, most selfless blogger ever. I wish we were related, I adore her so much! She is so absolutely genuine and dedicated. She is very talented and creative and although I haven't had the pleasure of tasting her homemade cookies {hint, hint} you will love her photos, recipes, and ideas!

Next up, Diane @ In My Own Style. She's always up to something wonderful. She has amazing tips on decorating, and fabulous tutorials. Her style is clean, simple, organized, and bright. She's super sweet too, and gives great decorating advice.

There's Alicia @ A Beautiful Mess. She and everything she touches is beautiful. Her photos are of particular stature. She has wonderful tutorials, insightful life posts, yummy recipes, and you'll see she has hosted Tasty Tuesdays and Project Smile. You definitely won't want to miss whatever she posts next.

AmberLee @ Giverslog will lend you every idea there is about giftgiving. Wrap it, Stack it, or dish it out, she's got you covered. Teachers, dad's, & hostess gifts? She has an idea for you. Printables, organization, and tutorials are all there too! And...she's on her way to becoming a chocolatier! Seriously. I can't wait to purchase her Ticket Chocolates.

Of course, I love Amanda over at Kevin & Amanda, she has awesome free fonts and great camera tutorials. Steph's recipes @ Plain Chicken will never fail you. Sprinkle Bakes and Joy The Baker will fill your oven with lots of love and goodies. Julie dishes out goodies and real food you won't feel guilty about @ Farm Girl Recipes.  Angie @ Cocina Diary hosts a fun blog hop called Sundays at One Food Club. For all my blogging questions and how-to's, I visit the girls @ The Cutest Blog On The Block {They have a blog and a website}. Then there's Pizzazzerie for party ideas and more food at and tablescapes @ Red Couch Recipes. You must also check out Beach House Living. You'll feel relaxed just surfing through this blissful blog.

It's strange to think that I sit at home doing whatever it is I do throughout the day and I think of you. People I've never met, but people I feel connected to. I think of Sue, making her cookies, and I think of Diane and Alicia. I ponder their struggles, and I hope they are happy. I hope they will continue to find the time and will to blog. I eagerly wait to here the next installment of Megan's love story or of Sunny's journey as a young widow. I look forward to Plain Chicken's next recipe, and Givers Log new chocolate business.

I started blogging in an effort to preserve my thoughts for my children, but it has turned into something more. It's like my own secret world, only I want to share it with anyone who will listen. I'm a blogger! Do you know what that means? What that entails? Well, it is much more than just creating a how-to manual for my children. It is for me. It gives me joy. It keeps me in check. It motivates me to stay on task, to try new things, to open up. I love you all so much and when I'm not blogging, trust me, I'm wishing I were. I'm thinking, always thinking about what I'm going to post, or who I need to visit. With that, I'm off to visit some of these lovely ladies and tell them about their award!


Megan said...

Awwww, this is SO sweet!! First of all, thank you for even mentioning me! What an honor!! Thanks for the link to all the great blogs...I love meeting new friends!!

I totally agree with you...blogging is who I am now! I want to read/blog/learn/share all the time!!

Sue said...

Lil, Wow. You made my day(maybe even my week)! Thank you so much for your very kind words! Check your email...

InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Lil-

You are such a sweetie. Thanks for giving me the award :), but what I love even better is how well you expressed your thoughts about blogging in this post. It is funny how once we start blogging a whole new world - uncharted in a sense opens up to us. Blogging and reading other blogs has opened me up to so many new things that I would never had done before and is making me the best possible me I can. There are so many remarkable and talented women in the world and blogging has enabled us to make connection and start relationships that we would never had been able to before because of geographic location. We may not have met, but we inpsire, support, and are making lasting friendships. I love when I read where bloggers meet online and then meet in person. It goes to show that anything is possible.
My best- Diane

Julie said...

Thank you so much for the award!! I love this blogging world and all the new people I get to meet. I love making other people's day and having them make my day!! Thanks for all your kind comments, I love them!

The Farm Girl

AmberLee said...


I am so flattered! Thank you for your so generous words, and for putting me in such good company. And congrats, you are definitely stylin.

cakeologist said...


What a great post. Thank you for your kind words and the link (and not mentioning that I totally dropped the ball in telling you I thought you were a 'Stylish Blogger'). Looking forward to checking out the blogs you mentioned that I am unfamiliar with.

Sunny said...

Thanks for the award, Liliana! Looks like I need to get cracking on a post to accept the honors :)

alicia said...

Oh my sweet goodness. Aren't you just a peach. These sweet, sweet words and it takes me over a week to make my way over. Well, I accept. And am honored you would think of me. Sounds like you have led an interesting life and if it makes you feel any better, I have a pretty crummy memory myself (part of the reason it took me so long to drop by). lol. Thanks again. I appreciate the continued support you've shown me. I'll try to do the award post soon.

alicia @ a beautiful mess